Sony Xperia Tablet Z Review - The Best Android Tablet (Part 3)

8/27/2013 2:52:53 PM

Performance and battery life

Xperia Tablet Z

·         Quadrant: 7,434

·         Vellamo: 2,242

·         AnTuTu: 20,263

·         SunSpider 1.0 (ms): 1,382

·         GLBenchmark 2.5 Egypt Offscreen (fps): 32

·         CF-Bench: 17,790

Nexus 10

·         Quadrant: 4,551

·         Vellamo: 1,605

·         AnTuTu: 8,731

·         SunSpider 1.0 (ms): 1,501

·         GLBenchmark 2.5 Egypt Offscreen (fps): 33

·         CF-Bench: 9,772

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

·         Quadrant: 5,695

·         Vellamo: 2,395

·         AnTuTu: 11,962

·         SunSpider 1.0 (ms): 1,233

·         GLBenchmark 2.5 Egypt Offscreen (fps): n/a

·         CF-Bench: 13,157

The slow behavior of Tablet S is one of the main problems we have with this fold-design tablet, a performance which is best described as hit-or-miss. Luckily, Tablet Z behaves as we expected: quad-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro in combination with 2GB RAM is more than capable of doing most of our Android tasks, despite the Android interface of Sony on Android 4.1.2. the screen react to our touch right immediately, while the apps launch fast. If there’s something to complain, it’s that we have 2 random resets throughout the time we use the tablet, but both happens when we’ve just received Xperia Tablet Z – it’s soon stable.

Apple-to-apple with Nexus 10 (with dual-core 1.7GHz A15 processor) and Note 10.1 (with quad-core 1.4GHz Exynos), the tablet of Sony seems to be very powerful, surpassing those 2 10inch models easily in the tests. The AnTuTu benchmark, which tests the memory performance, SD card writing speed and 3D performance along with others, is remarkably higher on Xperia Tablet Z, while the SunSpider result shows that the Xperia tablet is inferior to the browsing performance of the same quad-core Note 10.1. however, Sony kicks its Android rival butt in the remaining tests on a Qualcomm chipset that we find familiar in smartphone.

With the 6,000mAh battery, Z is able to compare with the previous Xperia Tablet S, but this time it need to power the screen with higher pixel density. Luckily, in the standard battery test (50% brightness, WiFi  on, repeating video), we had 8 hours 40 minutes – slightly better than the latest tablet of Sony (8:31). In regular use, we realized that the tablet lasted a day of moderate use, though we advised that you should bring the charger with you if you’re about to depend on it for a whole day. Daily charging is normal.

With the 6,000mAh battery, Z is able to compare with the previous Xperia Tablet S

With the 6,000mAh battery, Z is able to compare with the previous Xperia Tablet S

Xperia Tablet Z is available with a charging adapter which seems to be similar to the smartphone charger. But here, it’s supporting a device which both provides much more power and has higher capacity battery, which means that you need to plug it through a night for a full charge. The official press release in Japanese of Sony states that the battery life is 6 hours and 30 minutes and our standard test delivers the equivalent result. Worse than all, we find the micro-USB charging port somehow unusual. Attempting to charge the tablet from the drained battery level all night, we had to get up twice just to see the device completely uncharged, which was a problem.


Sony has created the best tablet for itself. It’s a modish re-launch of the company’s Android tablet series, but we can’t drive away the thought that the benefits of Xperia Tablet Z will be harder to sell than the vibrant-res screen of Nexus 10 or the app power of iPad. Features such as NFC and IR blaster make sure that it lives up to the promise of being a companion of TV, while the screen is good enough to share between friends or bristle up for spontaneous TV watching. Once installed, SideView TV app and remote-controlling mini-app of Sony offer one of the easiest second-screen combinations we’ve ever used.

Sony has created the best tablet for itself.

Sony has created the best tablet for itself.

However, while the improbable combination of the modest design and the water proof of Xperia Tablet Z are quite impressive, it’s just that there’s not much water accidents in the living room or the coffee shop. That’s the kind of feature that smartphone craves for more than the tablet. In short, this is still the premium Android tablet with light yet solid design. It’s just that it has high price – which we’re not sure that it may worth.


·         Price: $499 (16GB)


·         1,080p screen offers god viewing angle

·         Remote and IR blaster apps are easy to set up

·         Water-resisting, fashionable design


·         Poor charger, unusual micro-USB port

·         Disappointed water-proof covers

·         Not-high-enough technical specs, based on the price

Key point

·         Xperia Tablet Z serves as an excellent second screen. Remote function is easy to set up, while the screen is one of the best we’ve ever seen from the Xperia range of Sony, not need to say that it’s the best in the market in general.

Technical specs


·         2G Network: GSM 850 / 900 / 1,800 / 1,900

·         3G Network: HSDPA 850 / 900 / 2,100/ LTE 800 / 850 / 900 / 1800 / 2100 / 2600

·         SIM: Micro-SIM

·         Announced: 2013, February

·         Status: Available. Released 2013, May



·         Dimensions: 266 x 172 x 6.9 mm (10.47 x 6.77 x 0.27 in)

·         Weight: 495 g (1.09 lb) - IP57 certified

·         Dust proof and water resistant



·         Type: LED-backlit LCD, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

·         Size: 1,200 x 1,920 pixels, 10.1 inches (~224 ppi pixel density)

·         Multi-touch: Yes, up to 10 fingers

·         Protection: Shatter proof and scratch-resistant glass

·         Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2

·         Sound        Alert types: N\A

·         Loudspeaker: Yes, with stereo speakers

·         3.5mm jack: Yes

·         3D surround sound enhancement



·         Card slot: microSD, up to 64 GB

·         Internal: 16 GB, 2 GB RAM



·         GPRS: Up to 107 kbps

·         EDGE: Up to 296 kbps

·         Speed: HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.8 Mbps; LTE, Cat3, 50 Mbps UL, 100 Mbps DL

·         WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot

·         Bluetooth: Yes, v4.0 with A2DP

·         NFC: Yes

·         Infrared port: Yes

·         USB: Yes, microUSB v2.0 (MHL)



·         Primary: 8.1 MP, 3264x2448 pixels, autofocus, check quality

·         Features: Geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, HDR

·         Video: Yes, 1080p@30fps, HDR, check quality

·         Secondary: Yes, 2.2 MP, 1080p@30fps



·         OS: Android OS, v4.1.2 (Jelly Bean), planned upgrade to v4.2 (Jelly Bean)

·         Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon APQ8064

·         CPU: Quad-core 1.5 GHz Krait

·         GPU: Adreno 320

·         Sensors: Accelerometer, gyro, compass

·         Messaging: SMS, MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, RSS

·         Browser: HTML5

·         Radio: Stereo FM radio with RDS

·         GPS: Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS

·         Java: Yes, via Java MIDP emulator

·         Colors: Black, White






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